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Funding formative experiences

Most weekday mornings, you can find children at the Art Museum of West Virginia University. They are from elementary, middle and high schools near and far. For many, these trips to the museum are their first time experiencing professional art.

These life-changing experiences are made possible by donors like Mavis Grant and George Lilley, Jr. The couple in 2015 established the Grant and Lilley Educational Fund to support the educational outreach mission of the museum. They recently established an additional endowment fund so that their support will continue into the future.

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WVU lends talents to Pittsburgh Festival Opera for summer

The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has been home to many musical West Virginia University Mountaineers this summer. 

The festival’s summer season has included a world premiere of a new work, plus productions of popular operas that have all included talent from WVU’s School of Music.

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WVU hosts Men in Dance Symposium

More than 50 people from the United States and the United Kingdom came to West Virginia University June 29 – July 1 for the first national symposium focusing on dance as a lifelong vocation for men and boys.

Men in Dance: Bridging the Gap, hosted by the WVU dance program and the National Dance Educators Association, discussed male presence throughout the history of dance and worked to address how to attract more boys and men to the field.

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WVU announces winners of keyboard festival

Six outstanding student pianists from across the country were winners of the Jazz and Classical Piano Competitions during the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival hosted by the College of Creative Arts and the School of Music at West Virginia University June 2 – 4.

The event explored the many ways jazz and classical music intersect and influence each other other, featuring internationally known pianists Julian Martin and Tay Cher Siang as special guest artists for classical and jazz, respectively.

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A man on a mission

Keith Jackson has been on faculty at West Virginia University for more than 20 years, leading the School of Music as director for the last ten. On July 1, he will assume a new role as interim dean of the College of Creative Arts. 

Jackson will hit the ground running, utilizing the college’s first-class faculty and dedicated alumni and supporters to further substantiate the college as the institution for arts education and cultural influence in the state and region. 

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School of Music welcomes new music education faculty member

Angela Munroe has been named assistant professor of music education at West Virginia University. 

A doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Colorado Boulder, Munroe earned a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Music and Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. She has ten years of teaching experience with preschool – eighth grade students in general, instrumental and vocal music.

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